Aerial view, circa 2004
|Elevation AMSL||1,003 ft / 306 m|
DeKalbPeachtree Airport (IATA: PDK, ICAO: KPDK, FAA LID: PDK) is a county-owned, public-use airport in DeKalb County, Georgia, United States. The airport is located in the city of Chamblee, just northeast of Atlanta. It is also known commonly as PeachtreeDeKalb Airport, or simply PDK. Other names (rarely used) include Peachtree Airport, DeKalb Airport, or DeKalb County Airport. ASOS weather reports are produced 24 hours per day as "Chamblee". It has airline service with Ultimate Air Shuttle to Cincinnati and Southern Airways Express to Memphis and Destin.
As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 1,784 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 393 enplanements in 2009, and 463 in 2010. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 20112015, which categorized it as a reliever airport.
The property was originally part of Camp Gordon, a World War I military training camp. That facility closed in 1922. (The Army re-created Camp Gordon during World War II, but built it in Augusta, Ga., 150 miles away, and it has since been renamed Fort Gordon.) In 1940, the United States government authorized construction of a military airport on the former site of the Chamblee camp. The airport began operations on March 22, 1941, a few months before the U.S. entry into World War II, as Naval Air Station Atlanta.
Barracks constructed at the facility during the war became classrooms in late 1948 for Southern Technical Institute, a new engineering technology school created by Georgia Tech for former soldiers. Leased from the county by the United States Navy, the airport was converted from military to civilian use from 1957 to 1959.
Naval Air Station Atlanta subsequently moved to Marietta on the south side of what is now called Dobbins Air Reserve Base. NAS Atlanta was ultimately closed by BRAC action in 2009. Like NAS Atlanta, the Southern Technical Institute moved from PDK in 1958, to land donated by Dobbins, and it now operates as Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, a part of Kennesaw State University.
In 1973, PDK was the site of a Learjet crash, resulting in seven fatalities. It was determined that the crash resulted from "The loss of engine thrust during takeoff due to ingestion of birds by the engines, with the aircraft striking an apartment building and burning in a complex just south of the airport. Large flocks of birds were attracted to an adjacent DeKalb County sanitation Landfill (operational in summer 1962 and finally closed in early 1975), which had become a flight safety issue long before the crash, after several minor bird strikes in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
DekalbPeachtree Airport covers an area of 745 acres (301 ha) at an elevation of 1,003 feet (306 m) above mean sea level. It has three runways: 3R/21L (formerly 2R/20L) is 6,001 by 100 feet (1,829 x 30 m) with a concrete surface; 3L/21R (formerly 2L/20R) is 3,746 by 150 feet (1,142 x 46 m) with an asphalt surface; and 16/34, which is 3,967 by 150 feet (1,209 x 46 m) with an asphalt surface. It also has one helipad designated with a concrete surface measuring H1 is 56 by 56 feet (17 x 17 m).
For the 12-month period ending August 31, 2010, the airport had 202,491 aircraft operations, an average of 554 per day: 99.9% general aviation and 0.1% military. At that time there were 447 aircraft based at this airport: 68% single-engine, 17% multi-engine, 11% jet, and 5% helicopter.
The airport has over 100 hangars. It is the second-busiest airport in Georgia, behind HartsfieldJackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), in the number of flight operations per year and is the seventh-busiest general aviation (non-airline) airport in the US. PDK helps to relieve ATL of smaller-aircraft traffic. It is used by helicopters for metro Atlanta's four major news TV stations (WSB-TV 2, WAGA-TV 5, WXIA-TV 11, WGCL-TV 46) as the base for electronic news gathering from the air. PDK is also home to The AutoPILOT Magazine, an advertorial publication covering all things aviation-related. A new control tower was built in 1988, and stands at 130 feet (40 m) tall. Many of the old NAS Atlanta buildings still remain. The largest houses offices for PDK administration, flight schools, and the Civil Air Patrol, as well as the Downwind restaurant, with an aviation-themed decor and an open deck overlooking the active runways. Adjacent to that building is a children's playground, Georgia's first aviation park.
Epps Aviation, the airport's full service fixed-base operator is located on 21 acres (8.5 ha) in a modern facility, elsewhere on the airport grounds.
|Southern Airways Express||Destin, Memphis|
|Ultimate Air Shuttle||CincinnatiLunken, Charlotte|
|JetSmarter||Charter: Boca Raton|
DeKalb Peachtree Airport occupies a prime location inside the Perimeter, located less than fifteen minutes from Atlanta's major business centers in Buckhead and Midtown. This proximity drives the 600 operations logged daily by the airport, which makes it the second busiest in the state of Georgia behind HartsfieldJackson Atlanta International Airport, the world's busiest, located eighteen miles (29 km) away.
In 1997, DeKalb Peachtree Airport was one of the largest tax contributors of DeKalb County, behind The Southern Company and Bellsouth but receives no taxpayer dollars for operations. The 1997 study found that in addition to 762 aviation-related jobs at the airport, there were indirect benefits of $14 million in annual visitor spending as well as 3,600 non-airport jobs driven by airport activities.
While not primarily driven by the airport, a 30-acre (120,000 m2) mixed-use project called International Village is under development near the airport with a planned completion date of 2009. The previously residential property was purchased by Dekalb County as part of a noise mitigation buyout and ultimately sold to the developer, PDK Investments, LLC, in 2005. The project name references the cultural and ethnic diversity of the surrounding neighborhoods and the Buford Highway corridor. The development is slated for a mix of low- and mid-rise commercial and retail space and will also host a boutique hotel and conference center as well as an amphitheater and green space for community festivals.
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